Westfront 1918

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 1


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German 2.0
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75 min
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German 2.0
23.976 fps
75 min
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Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8 / 10 / 10

The cinema against war...

G. W. Pabst is one of the few cinematic geniuses... The range and diversity of his films are enormous, from studies in war to psycho-analytical case histories... 'Westfront' is a stark, impressive film, with a plot somewhat similar to Lewis Milestone's 'All Quiet on the Western Front'... The film follows the existence of four ordinary soldiers fighting on the French front during the last months of the war... Between them, they experience love, infidelity, insanity, and, ultimately, death... They are the innocent and helpless victims of a grotesque stupidity, and the poignancy of their predicament is emphasized rather than diminished by Pabst's austere approach and the film's pervading atmosphere of pessimism... Pabst's intention is to remove all hints of glory and romance from war... Again and again certain motifs reappear in the film: the trenches, the barren stretch of land in front of the German lines, torn and removed, decorated with barbed wire, and shrouded in smoke and fog... By the process of repetition of the same scene (dialog is kept to a minimum and there is effective use of natural sounds) Pabst conveys the muddy chaos and monotony, but, above all, the isolation and deadliness... In one impressive scene the fog slowly dissolves, and in direct proportion to its rate of dissolution, hope rises of breaking out of the claustrophobic fear that the men (and now the audience) feel, until the spiritual elation caused by that prospect is shattered as we see that they are confronted by row upon row of tanks, steel monsters bearing fire and destruction... 'Westfront' is, as the French film historians, Maurice Bardèche et Robert Brasillach have described it, a 'sombre and hopeless picture of war.'

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10 / 10

An amazingly realistic war film--among the best I have seen

This movie has an awful lot in common with another film that also debuted in 1930. Both this film and ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT are terrific World War I films that give an awful and realistic view of the war from the perspectives of ordinary German soldiers. As a result, both are also profoundly anti-war films that were later banned by the Nazi government that took power just a few years later. Of the two, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is a slightly better film because it has an excellent back story (in other words, setting up the characters and giving them some depth). Instead, WESTFRONT 1918 is more like a hidden camera that just shows parts of the war--only towards the very end of WWI. Also, unlike ALL QUIET, this film only once follows one soldier home and shows life outside the battlefield. Mostly, the film is just one battle scene after another after another. Despite seeming a tiny bit out of context because of this, it is still a super effective and moving piece of film. A truly well-made and exceptional film with ultra-gritty realism. It is occasionally tough to watch, as there are corpses everywhere and the action is often up close and very personal. As I said, this film isn't quite as perfect and profound as ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, though it actually is better than the exceptional French film, J'Accuse or THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK--two other terrific WWI films that emphasize the futility and waste of this stupid war.

Reviewed by Crispin-3 9 / 10 / 10

Compelling realism

I found this film utterly gripping. If Wilfred Owen's poems about the first World War could be transferred to film, this would be the result -- dirty, frightening, wholly concerned with the men in the trenches and their loved ones, not the high strategy of war. The crude photography (by later standards), unsophisticated but realistic special effects, the constant barrage of explosions in the soundtrack somehow make this picture of trench warfare more real, as though it were a home movie. But behind the apparent crudity is expert film-making; for example, when the clouds of poison gas blow away only to reveal the advance of unstoppable tanks against a bleak landscape of posts and barbed wire we realize the futility of the entire operation. There is never a distant horizon, just the immediate surroundings or the next line of barbed wire and pickets. Nevertheless, there is little symbolism here, just a close-up picture of how life (and death) in the trenches must really have been. ** Possible spoilers follow ** In one of the most compelling scenes, the Student's comrades find his dead body in a mud hole; all they can do for him is throw a few spadefuls of earth on the body. The tight, understated camera-work underlines the restricted world and helplessness of the protagonists. There is a strong emphasis on how the ordinary person is trapped in the process of war. In several scenes an actor apologizes, both in the trenches and when Karl finds his wife in bed with the butcher: each time the subtitle says "It wasn't my fault", but the German is closer to "I couldn't help it". At the end, the mad and dying Karl (Diessl) sums it up: "It's everybody's fault". A French soldier tries to gain comfort from pressing Karl's dead hand; is it hope for rapprochement, or more futility?

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